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What's New and What's Next in 2019

If your New Year’s resolution is to take all those vacation days in 2019, Kissimmee is the perfect place to go! Magical theme parks, wild outdoor experiences, and old-fashioned American nostalgia combine to create a vacation the whole family will love. Fun is on our schedule all year, but there are a few big events and openings that we’ve circled on our calendar—and you should too! Check out all that’s new and next in Kissimmee for 2019.

The Grand Reopening of Old Town

The Ferris Wheel at Old Town Kissimmee on a beautiful cloud free day

After two years of fresh renovations and extensive expansions, Old Town Kissimmee will be welcoming visitors to an enhanced turn-of-the-century Florida experience. New shops will be ready to enjoy, an 86-foot Ferris wheel imported from Italy will be ready to ride, and a whole new music lineup will be ready to entertain. Plus, three new restaurants are on Old Town’s grand reopening menu—Froggers Bar & Grill, Shoney’s Restaurant, and Bobby’s Garage Bar.

Sing along to karaoke on Tuesdays, settle in for family movie night on Sundays, and, as always, marvel at Old Town’s classic car shows on Fridays and Saturdays. Join us on April 6, 2019 for all the grand reopening fun.

Set Out on a Safari—In Your Car!

Two women take a selfie next to an animal at Wild Florida

Wild Florida Airboats & Gator Park is set to open a drive-through safari park in 2019. Drive in your own car along gravel paths or hop on a guided swamp buggy tour to see more than 100 exotic animals like giraffes and zebras, plus native Florida wildlife. Wild Florida is adding an incredible 75 acres to its existing 13-acre park, giving creatures plenty of room to roam, and space for you to get up close with nature.

Want to add a little adrenaline to your Wild Florida adventure? The park will also be adding a zipline over the grazing area, cypress swamp, and scenic landscapes for a thrilling ride we can’t wait to try!

Take a Stroll Down Sesame Street

Characters from Sesame Street dance on stage

In Spring 2019, a childhood classic comes to life at SeaWorld Orlando. This new land brings the magic of Sesame Street to our neighborhood, connecting guests to the fun, laughter, and learning of the beloved television show. Explore the neighborhood as you visit Mr. Hooper’s store, sit on the famous 123 stoop, and meet your favorite characters including Cookie Monster, Elmo, and Big Bird.

Exciting rides and interactive experiences are also in store, promising fun for the whole family. Plus, Sesame Street will be home to SeaWorld Orlando’s first-ever parade! Bert, Ernie, and the gang will host a daily party that will have you dancing in the streets.

Experience Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Storm Troopers parade through Disney World

Get up close with a galaxy far, far away this fall. This highly anticipated new land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios takes you to the trading outpost of Batuu in the Star Wars universe, with two feature attractions sure to delight die-hard fans. Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run gives you a key crew role as you fly the most famous ship in the galaxy, and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will have you choosing the side of the First Order or the Resistance in an epic battle.

Other amazing highlights include custom theme music created by the legendary composer John Williams, immersive street markets and even a cantina to take a break during your incredible adventure. Get a preview of the action here.

Get Your Country On

Musicians perform with fiddles, guitars, drums, and flutes on a street

Calling all country fans! You won’t want to miss the amazing line up performing at the Country Thunder Music Festival in Osceola Heritage Park March 22-24. Country superstars Toby Keith, Luke Combs, and Luke Brian will each headline one of the three days, plus a whole host of country talent is slated to perform.

Elevate your experience with a glamping ticket package. Stay in an air-conditioned safari tent with real beds, play yard games in between shows, and get the chance to meet your favorite country stars. You could even score on-stage seats during a performance!

A young boy dressed in western wear poses next to two bulls

The festival also coincides with the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo March 21-24 for a full weekend no cowboy or cowgirl could pass up.

These are just a few of the incredible events in store for 2019 in Kissimmee. Explore even more festivals and events here, and start planning your 2019 vacation in Kissimmee today! Be sure to keep us in the loop on social with #MyKissimmee and show us everything you get up to around here this year!

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